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Report: Giants and OL Nick Gates agree to a 2-year extension

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The former UDFA appears to be in line to start

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants and OL Nick Gates have agreed to a 2-year extension worth up to $10.3 million.

Gates originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Last year Gates started three games at guard and right tackle for the Giants, stepping in after injuries to RG Kevin Zeitler and RT Mike Remmers.

Gates has been considered a candidate to start at right tackle and will also compete with veteran Spencer Pulley for the starting center position. The amount of money the Giants will be paying Gates — between $6.8 million and $10.3 million — strongly suggest that he is viewed as much more than just a versatile backup. Instead it is likely that we will see him starting at one position, either right tackle or center, this year.

That becomes even more likely in light of the decision by LT Nate Solder to opt out of the 2020 season. The Giants have a hole at the right tackle position, and it seems that Nick Gates has the inside track to filling it.

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